Bisi Bele Bath: A Rice Delicacy From Karnataka


Bisi Bele Bath: A Rice Delicacy From Karnataka


Spicy, tangy and packed with vegetables – this one pot meal equivalent of the comforting khichdi is robustly flavoured and best enjoyed when piping hot.


4 dried red chillies 1 piece cinnamon 2 cloves 2 teaspoons coriander seeds 1 teaspoon urad dal 1 teaspoon chana dal ¼ teaspoon fenugreek seeds 1 tablespoon dried coconut 1 teaspoon cumin seeds


¾ cup rice, soaked ½ cup toor dal, soaked 3 tablespoons tamarind pulp 1 carrot, diced 7-8 French beans, diced 2 drumsticks, cut into pieces ½ cup orange pumpkin, diced 10 cashew nuts 1 pinch asafoetida 1 teaspoon mustard seeds 1 tablespoon jaggery 2 tablespoons ghee Salt, to taste


Toast all the ingredients for the masala in a dry pan and cool, before grinding into a fine powder.


In a pressure cooker, heat the ghee and temper the asafoetida and mustard seeds.


Add the cashew nuts and fry until lightly browned, before adding all the vegetables.


Season lightly with salt and cook for 3-4 minutes, until they begin to soften.


Add the soaked rice and dal, along with 2.5 cups of water and adjust seasoning.


Add the freshly ground masala mix and jaggery before pressure cooking for 3-4 whistles. Serve hot.